Every hospital has a set of rules in place that are designed to provide guidelines for staff and medical professionals to follow. Hospital protocols can be created for a variety of situations that medical staff could encounter on a daily basis, as well as more rarely. These protocols exist to protect both the patients and the staff. The idea is they provide a blueprint for staff to follow if someone presents with an illness or injury that requires specific care.
If you are admitted to hospital or you attend as an outpatient, you should receive the appropriate level of care that applies in your situation. If this does not occur, or you do not receive the relevant treatment for some reason, it is only right that you want to know why. Sometimes mistakes can potentially occur that can damage your health. If you were to bring about a medical negligence case or wish to look further into whether breaches in hospital protocols were to blame for your situation, it would be advisable to get professional legal advice before doing anything else.
For the most part these protocols work well and are adhered to the vast majority of the time. However there is always the potential for mistakes to occur.
Could you claim compensation if protocols have been broken?
Hospital protocols are there for good reasons. They are designed to ensure certain rules and regulations are followed in specific situations, for example if someone is ill and is brought into hospital for treatment. If you receive treatment in hospital for any reason and you believe you were the victim of medical negligence, you are entitled to know what happened and why. If protocols were broken you could be in a position to make a claim for compensation. It is always a good idea to consult a lawyer in this situation.
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The team at Accident Advice Helpline have spent the past 14 years assisting people in situations similar to yours. If you have evidence of negligence in your case and you wish to find out more, you should get in touch with us today. Call our free 24/7 enquiry line now on 0800 689 0500 and see whether you can get compensation. A professional injury compensation lawyer can examine your case to see what the facts are and whether you can launch a no win, no fee claim.
Date Published: August 27, 2014
Author: David Brown